Body corporate approval

Gaining body corporate approval

If you live in an apartment building, lease an office or are in any other situation that requires body corporate approval you need to make sure you comply to their rules or you could be forced to remove your system.
You will need to gain approval with body corporate before we can install any air conditioning unit that involves any external alterations to the building.
Our online quoting system makes it much easier to gain body corporate approval because you can actually see where the unit is going to be located. This allows any objections to be sorted out prior to the installation keeping everybody happy. Even the smaller details like the duct cover colour can be seen.

The following is what body corporate might ask you to comply with

Requirements for the placement and installation of air-conditioning equipment must have Owners Corporation approval and comply with the following:

  • The colour of any unit/system and associated pipe and electrical connections must be in keeping with the finishes of the building.
  • The unit/system and associated pipe and electrical connections must be installed 100mm below the horizontal height of the top balcony handrail. This includes all penetrations through the walls, window frames and all external finishes. Surface mounted pipes, conduits, brackets are not permitted to be affixed on the Owners Corporation areas. Penetrations must be neat with minimum clearance, be correctly sealed/weather-proofed and finished in keeping with the existing building finished in keeping with the existing building finishes.
  • Operating noise levels of the unit/system must not interfere with or disrupt adjoining neighbours and must be positioned such that the noise level at the bedroom window of another apartment does not exceed 45 dB , and may after installation/commissioning require additional sound proofing in order to satisfy this requirement.
  • All condensate drainage must be installed in a manner that prevents water falling to neighbouring apartments and/or common areas below and must not damage or deface any part of the building finishes. Condensate waste must be discharged to an approved drain.
  • The total air conditioning must be installed in accordance with the manufacturers installation/commissioning instructions and comply with all relevant governing authority guidelines, by laws, coded and regulations and be installed by qualified personnel/trades only.
  • The area of installation must be thoroughly cleaned and all debris/packing materials etc., be removed from site. The Owners Corporation rubbish bins and recycle bins are not to be used for this purpose.
  • Any damage incurred to the Owners Corporation building/services during the installation process will be made good by the Owners Corporation and charged to the owner of the lot/apartment.
  • The Owners Corporation will not be responsible in any way for electrical supply, continuity of supply, water connections and/or supply of waste water drainage or preventative or emergency maintenance/service.
  • A commissioning certificate signed and dated by the qualified installer must be presented to the Owners Corporation on completion.

We are experts at dealing with all these issues and are able to identify them prior to receiving these kinds of instructions.

Strict Body corporate example

This video is a great example of complying with body corp.

Here is a more in depth analysis of this installation.

Read it here


Examples of jobs requiring body corp approval

The images below show original photos from clients and our digital image installation quotes.

The quotes involved showing the body corporate that the clients wanted to mount the air conditioner off the balcony so they didn’t lose any space and that units could be mounted down the side of the building to prevent it being more noticeable from the street. 

Body corporate approval

What are the benefits of the online site inspection process?

 It has a variety of benefits…

• Body corporate approval

One of the major problems when installing an air conditioner in a property that requires body corporate approval is just that – getting body corporate approval! Our digital quotes make it much easier and faster get your point across.

The body corp can see what the installation will look like and where the units will be located. This takes care of any complaints or issues prior to installation and can save you stress and headaches if somebody complains after the air conditioner is installed.

• Landlords

Landlords are able to be involved in the process and make requests or alterations prior to the installation without having to go out to the property.

• People with limited time

If you are a busy person and just don’t have the time to be home for an in-home inspection, then you’ll find the online site inspection extremely handy and simple.

• Remote locations

If you are located in an area that is remote and find it hard to get someone to come out and give you a quote.

• Getting a fixed price

We give you a fixed price on installations ordered through our online quoting system.  No added costs or surprises upon installation!
Being able to see the split system unit positions and the house, office, apartment etc gives installers a much clearer focus of the job when they arrive on site.

Will it save me money?


As they say, time is money. We don’t need to spend time coming out to assess on site. Most online quotes will take less than 10 minutes of your time. Compare that with an on site quote that could take up to at least an hour or more of your time.

But remember, we do offer in home quotes. If you prefer that just contact us and we will arrange it.